The 2020 Major League Baseball season is right around the corner. The league has its opening day scheduled for July 23rd, Thursday, and will be the first of the four major US leagues to return since the month of March. Despite some well-known names opting out of the campaign, baseball's stars will be on display almost as much as during any other season. At least for the time being.
As first reported by ESPN's Jeff Passan, The Boston Red Sox traded their star outfielder to the Los Angeles Dodgers, while the Dodgers dealt young center fielder Alex Verdugo to Boston and Kenta Maeda to the Minnesota Twins, who also joined to make it a three-team trade.
The Boston Red Sox are believed to be committed to trading Mookie Betts and likely starter David Price, as reported by Bob Nightengale and Ken Rosenthal.
This year's MLB offseason provided a very strong free-agent class. However, even with just less than a month to go before Spring Training and no elite free agents still on the market, possibilities for a huge move that could shape up a team's chances for the upcoming season still remain wide open.
Ultimately not many would turn down the chance to lead the Red Sox’s Baseball Operations. They have a huge market and are willing to spend and have some of the best young talent in the league on their roster who won it all less than a year ago. Big teams are often able to rebuild whilst still winning, and that is what the new GM will hope to achieve.
The first ever MLB London Series takes place this weekend as the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox meet in a two-game series at the London Stadium.
The second phase of MLB All-Star voting begins at 5pm BST on Thursday. Each position has three candidates for this 28-hour round which will decide the starters at Cleveland’s Progressive Field for the midseason classic.
The Boston Red Sox, like their MLB London Series opponents, are well-known worldwide. While they aren’t quite the financial powerhouse of the Yankees, Boston are still one of the biggest fish in the ocean of world sport.
Major League Baseball comes to London for its first ever regular season games in the UK this month. The Boston Red Sox will face the New York Yankees in England’s capital, bringing one of sport’s greatest rivalries across the Atlantic for two games.
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